‘Community’ Star Donald Glover Launching FX Comedy Series ‘Atlanta’

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Troy Barnes in Community Community Star Donald Glover Launching FX Comedy Series Atlanta

Now that showrunner Dan Harmon has made his return to Community after spending a season away, the future of the show rests crucially upon whether or not it comes back strong in season 5. But for star Donald Glover, a departure from the show seems to be in the cards no matter what happens after season 5.

It was recently confirmed that Glover had renegotiated his contract with Sony Pictures Television and will only appear in five episodes of season 5 in order to give him time to concentrate on his other pursuits. These include his acting career, obviously, but also his stand-up comic performances and his hip-hop career under the stage name Childish Gambino.

All three of these interests are now set to come together, according to an article on Deadline that reveals Glover’s next major project – his own TV show. Atlanta will be a semi-autobiographical comedy based around Glover’s own experiences growing up in Atlanta, and will be set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene. The pitch was courted by several different networks, including NBC, but Atlanta eventually went to FX since the network offered Glover the flexibility he’d need to accommodate music tours into the schedule.

Donald Glover and the cast of Community Community Star Donald Glover Launching FX Comedy Series Atlanta

Glover will write, executive produce and star in Atlanta, though the actual name of the show may still be subject to change. Prior to his regular role on Community, Glover was part of the writing team for 30 Rock and has also written and starred in a number of sketches and short films.

The writer and actor’s previous credits definitely make Atlanta a show worth keeping an eye on and checking out when it airs, especially since it will mark the first time that Glover will be tested as a showrunner. The self-insertion aspect of the premise means that it could run the risk of becoming a vanity project or a vehicle for promoting his career as Childish Gambino. However, on the other side of the coin, Glover’s familiarity with the world in which the show is set could make for some strong comedy writing.

Are you interested in seeing Glover break away from his Troy persona and take charge of his own comedy show?


Atlanta is still in early development, but we’ll keep you updated on its progress.

Source: Deadline

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  1. never heard of him

    • Then why’d you click on the article?

      • To find out more about him maybe?

        That’s usually what happens. You see something or somebody you’ve never heard of and then read it to glean information you otherwise wouldn’t have.

        I’d never heard of 24 until an aunt told me about it, caught the season 1 finale and it became one of my all time fave shows. Or did you expect him to know everything about everything? He’s not omniscient y’know (or is he?)

  2. hopefully he’s better than tyler perry whom i also never heard of until his name and tv series seem to just explode all over tv, and die…

    • Not even sure why you mentioned Tyler Perry, but, I abhor everything he has his hands in… even the cookie jar.

    • Just because Glover’s Black, you bring in Perry into the equation? gtfo

      • Where was the racial implication? Do you even know what you’re typing half the time?

        If it wasn’t for my brother showing me an episode of this show called Community and listening to Childish Gambino, I’d have never heard of Glover either.

        Likewise, I’d never heard of Tyler Perry until last year when one of his movies got slated on Screen Rant. Nothing to do with the colour of their skin whatsoever.

        You seem dumb. I take it you’re an Adam Sandler or Seth Rogen fan? See how others can make ridiculous assumptions and statements like you do?

        • Clearly, he’s making racial assumptions. You’re naive to think otherwise. Out of all the filmmakers in the world, the dude brings Tyler Perry into the equation? Tyler Perry and Donald Glover’s styles couldn’t be anymore different, so I ask you: What other reason would he have to bring Perry into this discussion? You tell me.

          • No racial assumption necessary. He probably thought of Perry after the line about Glover doing “vanity projects”. Tyler Perry has been writing and directing in sitcoms like House of Payne and Meet the Browns (both of which have “Tyler Perry’s” slapped on the title). Regardless of race, I would call that the closest and most high profile comparison to what Glover is doing (although I hope Glover doesn’t go as lowbrow as Tyler Perry did).

            Seinfeld is a good “white” comparison, though, for those of you crying about race.

        • #PlotTwist.
          They are the same person
          I don’t know for a fact but it would make for an interesting comments story xD

  3. One word, dope! I’m really bummed he won’t be a regular on Community, it won’t be the same without him. But we get him in his own show, how can I say no?

    I think you should check out his acting and music. He’s got a couple of great albums, his stand up I thought was hilarious (I rarely find stand up comedians even funny) and his acting is great for comedy. I haven’t really seen him in any dramatic roles.

  4. Best news I’ve read all day. I think he’s talented enough to grab a few movie roles as well.

  5. I wonder if he is taking the rest of his Derrick crew with him to the new show.

    • It’d be awesome seeing the Derrick Comedy Mystery team together again especially if the other members get more than just cameos like they did in community.

  6. I can’t wait I’m a huge Donald glover fan.. He’s the best part of community..

  7. I’m looking forward to this.

  8. Its a shame he wont be a Community regular anymore, but ill definitely give this show a chance. Best of luck Donald!

  9. While I’ll miss Troy on Community I wish Donald Glover the best. Childish Gambino is way too awesome and I’m looking forward to this show. I hope he gets Louie as a lead in.

  10. I hope he brings in Danny Pudi and his normal Derick Comedy Crew. Maybe Aubrey Plaza too.

  11. Sounds ok, I’ll give it a shot.

    My only problem is that I don’t really like his music and he’s one of the Community cast members that I barely notice or pay attention to (the main ones IMO are Jeff, Pierce, Chang and Abed, everyone else is incidental and only there to ground those four more outrageous characters, much like Two And A Half Men was just a Charlie Sheen vehicle with non-important characters surrounding him to fill out the rest of the half hour).

    • lol.

  12. Can’t wait for this! I love his music & Mystery Team was hilarious. He’s a very talented guy. Hope he’s around for a while.

  13. You guys do know that he’s a rapper right??
    Actually, a good one too.
    He goes by Childish Gambino. Look him up!

  14. James Franco is the white Donald Glover.

    • Shut up Pierce

  15. I really wish this wasn’t happening, at least not yet.

    While Mr. Glover has many irons in the fire, if you will, most of his supporters come from Community. Him leaving the show, hurts the show, his co-workers and likely his career as a whole. Consider Topher Grace after he left That 70′s Show or Suzanne Summers when she decided she was too big for Three’s Company.

    Glover’s show, look I don’t want him to fail but he’s jumping the Community shop at a time when it’s the last thing the show needs and that behavior shouldn’t ne rewarded. To me it shows disloyalty and a lack of support. Congratulations Mr. Glover, but I won’t be tuning in.

  16. i’m very excited to finally have a chance to see him out and about in his own tv show. i think it’s a great chance for him to show off his amazing acting skills.

  17. although it is quite sad to see him go from Community. i personally really like him and his character, but i guess everything has to end at some point. it would be amazing is he stayed at least another season just so the writers could develop his leave really well.

  18. I am honestly really excited for the show. He’s an amazing rapper, his stand up is hilarious, and he’s a pretty funny actor as well.

  19. Any word on this show? Its been almost a year now and there is still no sign of any future trailers or release date. I need a Donald Glover fix after Childish Gambino performed here at SITG 2014 just last week

  20. Donald Glover, aka “Childish Gambino” is disgustingly talented. He was hired right out of NYU to write for 30 Rock, was one of the stars of the NBC show “Community”, has had an hour long special on Comedy Central (something many veteran comedians never get), is an amazing Grammy nominated rapper, singer, producer, writer and DJ whose shows sell out internationally. His resume is quite impressive.